How do I know if I’m called to missions?
The following is from a blog I read occasionally.
We often hear people use some funny terminology when they talk about missions. It’s not uncommon to hear missionaries share, ”I was called to mission when…” It’s not uncommon for people to ask, “When did you feel called to missions?” and for Christians to question of themselves “Am I called to missions? How do I know?” And in discussions on missions we have often heard people quickly (and sometimes defensively) express, “I am SO not called to missions!”
Nowhere in Scripture is a mysterious (supernatural) call a prerequisite before we can respond to the Great Commission. The opposite is actually true.
Do we get that? The opposite it actually true. Often our methodology is to pray a bit and then just wait and see what happens, forgetting that God isn’t the only one who opens doors—we also have an enemy who will happily open innocuous-looking doors to wider paths of distraction and destruction. This line of thinking is just us trying to absolve ourselves of responsibility, essentially saying “If God really wants me to do ________, He’ll make me!” Rather than acting in maturity and not just considering but pursuing the harder road, we act like petulant children waiting until the count of three to be responsible.
(read the whole article here)
Here’s another take on the same concept. Keith Green, in his song “Jesus Commands Us To Go” says, “it should be the exception if we stay.”
We’ve been pursuing “the harder road” for almost three years, and we have no indicators that lead to the exception—staying—so we continue to pursue the work which God has prepared for us in Europe.